A Day in the Life of an Information Architect

by Stacy Surla
September 16, 2013

What would it be like to work as an information architect in Tokyo? Or be one of just a handful of IAs in the country of South Africa? Can you imagine yourself heading up your own boutique consultancy in a metropolitan city – and if so what would be your value proposition? What are your prospects as a freelancer in the rural south of the United States? Or as a newly graduated IA interviewing with a large commercial firm?

The employment outlook for IA is healthy overall. Knowing this is encouraging – so now what? To help craft your personal career storyline, join this web conference to engage in some creative, divergent thinking about what’s possible.

This presentation reviews the employment and career landscape for IA. It draws from salary surveys, career workshops, interviews with IAs across the world, and several decades of experience hiring and getting hired in consulting and UX domains. We will consider the life of an IA from several slices, with each affording different ways of looking for opportunities. These include geographic (metro/rural, UX density), field of work (retail, consulting, government), focus (innie/outie), tactical-strategic position (hands-on vs vision, design for discrete platforms vs design for systems), and market situation (new IA, experienced IA, manager, owner). The talk takes its form from the outline of a publication project, “Information Architect: A Day in the Life.” Participants will be encouraged to pose questions for the project to address, and will take away ideas about what’s possible in their own careers.

View the presentation slides and read the transcript.


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